By Jessica Sanchez, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, November 20th, Miami Beach held groundbreaking ceremony to signify the start of construction on the Mid-Beach Beachwalk Phase 3, from 23rd to 45th Streets, at 4PM on 37th Street at the Boardwalk.
Mid-Beach resident and cyclist Andrew A. Brown shared, “Living in Miami I want to be able to enjoy the paradise this city offers. The issue is that there are so many cars on the road that I can’t enjoy any physical modes of transportation.”
“I am really excited that they will be connecting South Beach and North Beach so I can take my bike out at night and not worry I’m in any kind of danger being hit by a car. I’m so glad I can really enjoy the beautiful scenery and be safe as well, and I am happy to support the ceremony,” He said.
The work is being done in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration that includes a $4.5 million contribution from the Miami Beach’s $439 million total General Obligation (G.O) Bond Program.
Miami Beach spokesperson Melissa Berthier said the project will take around a year and a half to complete, and demolition is scheduled to run from December through March. Crews will work from the south end to the north for demolition, and will again work south to north for construction.
The event marked a significant milestone for the city, as the length of the city’s east coast will be connected for cyclists and pedestrians to ride, skate or jog along the entire Miami Beach oceanfront from South Point Park to 87th Street.
It was most commonly known as the ‘Miami Beach Boardwalk’ but now it is known as ‘The Miami Beach Walk’ since many portions are no longer wooden boardwalks.
The ceremony was attended by elected officials city staff that will gather with Mid-Beach area residents. It is the sixteenth of 57 total G.O. Bond projects to enter its construction phase.